Last year, I wrote about my foam roller. It’s just a hard, cylindrical piece of styrofoam used to relieve muscle soreness and tension. Initially, using it hurt my muscles so bad that I wanted to return it. But, the person who convinced me to get one showed me the “trick.” He said instead of seeking a painless session, try to bear the pain a little longer each time. He simply encouraged me to appreciate progress on my way to perfection (pain-free use of the foam roller), to get a little better each time.
Again, God gives us a noteworthy example in appreciating progress. As I read the creation story, I noticed that God didn’t wait until He had completed the extreme makeover to celebrate His accomplishments. Instead, He paused periodically, observed His creations, and concluded it was good. God celebrated progress in pursuit of perfection. If He had enough sense to do that, shouldn’t we?
The last step in God’s extreme makeover is to appreciate progress. On your way to perfection, take time to appreciate the small victories. Rome wasn’t built in a day; rather, it was built brick by brick. Every great feat is a series of small accomplishments, so make sure you celebrate your progression. Each victory gives you encouragement to keep getting better.
God bless …